March 6, 2007

Is that a fact?

There seems to be a myth circulating in our society that says if you're a Christian (a child of God, believer, follower and disciple of Jesus Christ), that you won't have anymore problems, no more temptations and life will just be wonderful...you'll always be happy, and things will always go your way, just tell God what you want and He will jump right on it, and the best part is that you will never have to a bad day.

My questions to you is, where on God's earth did you come up with an idea like that?

As a Christian, (I already explained what that is), I have experienced pain, temptations and a lot of disappointments, (this ain't just text book information). I've been there...these areas come from inside the "church" as well as from those who are outside just waiting for us to screw up, and just so you know, this ain't nothing new. Yet even with all this going on around me, there is something deep inside me that reassures me, I'm gonna make it. I don't believe that it's just a mind set or my will power. It's much more. There is an inner peace and confidence that you and I can walk in.

Being tempted as "Christian" (I hope by now you understand what that is) is not the problem, temptation, also referred to as "SIN", develops the problem when you cave in or bow down to the temptation(s). These "temptations" come in a variety of flavors.

In the Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) in the book of Luke (in the Bible), chapter 4 verses 1-13, we see that Jesus Christ "the Son of God" was being tempted; (several times and in different ways), but He stood firm on the words that were hidden in His heart. Now check this out; in verse 13 in this same chapter, it says; (you need to catch this) "When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left 'until the next opportunity came".

Did you catch that? Jesus, 'The Son of God' was tempted and stood His ground; and the devil (not some dude in a red suit with a pitch fork) who is always working against you, left with a line from the Terminator; "I'll be back".

You will always face problems, disappointment and yes temptations even as a Christian (please don't make me explain that again) and you need something more than "will power", you need "God's Power". His Word and you know where to find it, (in the instruction manual), is that inner strength and the peace that will walk you through any storms, or temptation in your life.

My final question is this... If what I told you is NOT true, why is it that a majority of this country is trying to ban your eyes and insight to God's Word?

God Bless you;
Jim "DoughBoy" Brady

2 comments:

chromeangel said...

Papa Dough you always had away with words I love u and DJ. I thank God everyday for bring you in our lifes. Keep up the good work. Love ya Sharla Coomer

Scarlet said...

Interesting to know.